The Qualifier showcases 250 of Asia-Pacific's best action sport athletes and serves as a qualifier to the U.S. Summer X Games. Athletes compete in aggressive in-line skating, bicycle stunt, skateboarding, sport climbing and wakeboarding. The Junior event, inaugurated in 1999, brings together 130 children aged 14 years and under in the spirit of fun competition modeled after the senior Games.
ESPN will televise the Asian event to more than 140 million homes around the globe. In addition, EXPN.com, the extreme-sports and culture Web site, and ESPN.com will offer extensive coverage of the Games.
In 2001, ESPN will launch X Games Qualifiers and Junior X Games in Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. A global challenge is also planned, pitting athletes from each of the continental Qualifiers against one another. The Asian X Games was the first qualifier and remains the template for the future.
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